13th November 2015

  • Egypt freed investigative journalist Hossam Baghat.
  • Investigators are fairly certain a bomb was responsible for downing the Russian passenger jet in the Sinai.
  • Egyptian forces say they have killed the Islamic State’s provincial commander in the Sinai.
  • Leaked Emirati emails show that the UAE shipped weapons to some groups in Libya over the summer, violating an arms embargo. The information in the leaked emails threatens Libya’s already fragile and fractious peace process.
  • In Libya, the Islamic State looks to model on its successes in Iraq and Libya.
  • Italian police are investigating more than 30 suspects for trafficking weapons to Somalia and other African countries besieged by conflict.
  • Chad has declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region after a series of attacks by Boko Haram.
  • Boko Haram’s annual budget may be as much as $10 million.
  • A Boko Haram raid in Niger and an ensuing clash with security forces have left 25 dead.
  • A UN Security Council Resolution condemning killings in Burundi was unanimously approved, threatening the possibility of sanctions.
  • As Burundi’s violence threatens to develop into an all-out ethnic, regional conflict, the UN is less equipped to deal with such a situation than it was before the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
  • Further sex abuse allegations have arisen against UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.
  • A UN peacekeeper was killed in a clash with the Seleka rebel group in the CAR.
  • Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by fighting in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.
  • Kenyan troops stationed in Somalia are involved in the smuggling of 150,000 tons of sugar back to Kenya every year.
  • 11 Kurdish militants were killed in clashes with Turkish forces near the borders with Syria and Iraq.
  • Russia has accused the US of hijacking Syria talks.
  • The Pentagon targeted Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant more well-known as Jihadi John, in an airstrike. The US reports a “high degree of certainty” that he was killed in those strikes.
  • The US has increased its strikes against the Islamic State-controlled oil fields in eastern Syria.
  • Syrian government forces broke through a year-long Islamic State siege of Kweyris military airport in northern Aleppo.
  • This is the story of John Gallagher, the first Canadian volunteer to die fighting against the Islamic State.
  • Footage of the moment a Russian strike hit the Sarmin National Hospital in Idlib.
  • Dispatch from Syria: “The police are gone, and militias have flourished, snarling traffic with checkpoints and covering lampposts with pictures of dead fighters.”
  • The Free Syrian Army is crippled by desertions.
  • Kurdish Peshmerga forces are entering the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar to clear it of Islamic State militants, who seized it 15 months ago.
  • The Iraqi army advances on Ramadi.
  • Jerusalem’s youth population is caught up in a never-ending loop of retaliatory violence.
  • A gunman at a US-backed military training center in Jordan killed five people, including two American contractors.
  • A double suicide bombing in south Beirut left 43 people dead. The Islamic State has claimed the attack.
  • Saudi Arabia appears “trapped” in its war on the Houthis in Yemen, as rights groups call for full investigations of their actions.
  • War is ravaging Taiz, where the roots of Yemen’s protest movement began.
  • Gulf military powers are focusing on short-term/immediate needs in their defense procurements.
  • John Hamen, one of a pair of American contractors detained by Houthi forces in Yemen, has died.
  • Huge demonstrations were held in Kabul to protest the government’s failure to do more against militancy after seven Hazaras, including a young child, were found murdered.
  • The Afghan police say that a senior leader within a recent Taliban splinter group has been killed.
  • Rival Taliban factions are battling it out in southeastern Afghanistan.
  • Murod Juraev, a former opposition member in Uzbek Parliament, was freed after 21 years as a political prisoner.
  • Huge protests have brought parts of northern and eastern Sri Lanka to a standstill as many demand the release of more than 200 Tamil political prisoners.
  • Meanwhile, the US is looking for a win in its policy towards Sri Lanka now that President Maithripala Sirisena has taken power.
  • A new Amnesty International report says rights lawyers in China face routine abuses by law enforcement.
  • Four people died in a bombing at a village checkpoint in southern Thailand.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy party won by a landslide in Myanmar’s first free(ish) elections in a quarter century. This will be the first time since 1962 that the country is not led by the military.
  • Der Spiegel interviews former Russian opposition chief (and chess champion) Garry Kasparov.
  • Over the last year and a half, Ukraine has developed into one of Europe’s largest armies. Despite the expansion of the army and defense budget, the country’s special forces remain poorly trained and under-equipped.
  • Eastern Ukraine remains stuck in a state of pseudo-war.
  • Russia says the televised leak of the design for a drone submarine that could attack coastlines with nuclear weapons was accidental.
  • At least 51 of my colleagues have been murdered since 2003…” This is what it is like to be an investigative journalist in Honduras.
  • Comic strips tell the story of refugees’ journeys.
  • The US Army is making long-term plans to replace its current fleet of helicopters.
  • Congress is finally holding hearings on the issue of inter-service rivalries.

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